The Law Gap Year Course provides prospective Law students with the chance to develop their academic understanding of the law through tuition and guided research.

Start dates*: January, March and September Location: Yarnton Manor, Oxford
Duration: 1 term (10 weeks) Price: £13,995
This course is ideal for: 17s – 19s English requirement: IELTS 5.5 (it is not compulsory to have taken an English test)

*Availability subject to a minimum of 4 students enrolling per term

“The lessons here are some of the most interesting and interactive lessons that I have ever attended.” (Chris, Law Course, Gap Year Programme)

Whether you are thinking of studying Law as an undergraduate degree or as part of a graduate conversion course, this programme is designed to set you on the right path to achieving your ambitions. The course also encourages development in wider skills essential to the successful study and practice of the law, including communication, academic writing, critical thinking and knowledge of current affairs.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the programme, students will:

  • Understand the fundamental structure of the British legal system;
  • Understand how laws are created;
  • Have an awareness of institutions governing the European legislative process;
  • Understand the law of negligence and its possible impacts;
  • Appreciate the elements of liability law for economic loss and negligent misstatements.


Law Gap Year Course

Topics Covered

Students are introduced to some of the fundamental areas of the law. Topics covered in core classes may include:

  • Understanding Law Making
  • Law and Values
  • The Constitution
  • Judges and Courts
  • Criminal Law
  • Contract Law
  • International Law
  • EU Law
  • Family Law

Students cover key information within these areas of the law and also focus on a number of important case studies. The aim is to enable students to devise suitable topics for their project, as well as specific case studies and examples into which they can conduct further research. Students are expected to do considerable out-of-class study during this phase in order to fully grasp the material covered in class.

The Extended Project

The Extended Project typically consists of a thesis on a specific topic within the law, often an area of controversy or something featuring heavily in the news, although there is scope for producing something other than a thesis.

Recent topics have included:

  • The UK’s uncodified constitution and the separation of powers: who really holds the power in the UK?
  • Brexit: The legal case for and against Britain’s exit from the EU
  • Euthanasia: reconciling legal, moral and ethical values
  • The development of the law from ancient times to the present

Academic Trip Example

Students have the enviable opportunity to witness real-life court action at one of the Oxford courtrooms. Learning not only from the dialogue between defence and prosecution parties, students gain a broader understanding of the processes and functions of the British legal system, some of which are common across other countries both inside and outside of the EU.

Why Take the Law Gap Year Course?

Getting a head-start is vital in a field as competitive as Law. The Law Gap Year Course will help you grow in understanding of the areas that underpin the legal system in the UK, as well as giving your study skills a boost. It will enhance your ability to think critically and conduct independent research into a topic – traits that are invaluable to modern employers – and will provide an introduction to more specialist legal skills such as writing legal letters.

The Law Course is therefore an ideal opportunity for students on a gap year looking to use a considerable portion of their year to enhance their future possibilities in the field of Law.

Register Your Interest

Gap Year Programme interest form
  • Please specify your course(s) of interest